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12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of worldbuilding? Any side-notes on it you'd like to share?

Of any, I'd say it'd most likely be Tigress. Really, nothing I'm working (or have worked) on is exactly what you would call "built", things are all pretty organic right now (which is a round about way of saying I'm almost making it up as I go). I tend to be more a character writer (...not sure that means what I think it means), so most of my detailing skills lend themselves to the people rather than to the world.

But Tigress has the most going for it at the moment. I have a solid idea of what the culture and principle land is like; it's primarily a pseudo Indian/Chinese grab bag, set in a lush jungle area. I think part of the reason I have a better grasp of this than I do others is I'm kinda following several Disney formulie. I'm plucking elements from the standard Disney story and using them in, what I hope are, new ways that are still familiar.

But the world around them isn't the focus of the story, it's the characters. I've spent this much time creating and putting so much into them, my style leans in the direction of putting them in the forefront instead of taking a lot of time to world view everything in a 360. I'll come up with what I need, and will make sure it fits nicely in with everything previous and following, but won't always think about more than that at the time.

This doesn't always work with all stories, but for this one it is.

I wish was more detailed like that, it's always a fun exercise, and it helps with immersing yourself into the world better for writing.
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11. Who is your favorite character to write? Least favorite?

Of all time or just for the moment?

Well, currently (unlike [livejournal.com profile] jkoyanagi or [livejournal.com profile] limiinal I have no big masterwork in the process, and I'm jealous of both of them) I'm having a lot of fun writing for my Noir story. While not my first, it's my biggest foray in first-person perspective, and she's a ton load of fun to write for. The way she thinks (and I write for her) is short and crisp, and she is all about keeping the advantage. She's smart and observant and always keeping some secret, so what she thinks and what she actually says are a fun constrast; I especially like when what she says and what she's thinking are the same, but still mean different things.

That, and she's a little badass. She (fuck it, you know what, until I think of something better, her name is Rachel THERE) built her little empire from the ground up, starting as a cleaner for another Don. She built up her contacts, progressing upwards through different ranks, until she split off and started her own. She completely business about it, refers to the job in professional terms and even keeps track of records in business terms (which, admittedly, makes it easy to keep records without much fear of incriminating ones self, as everything looks like legitmate accounting ledgers). And she follows through with her decisions, even if she doesn't like it (if you've read the ending chapter, you know what I'm talking about).

Now for least favorite... um... probably Haitel from Tigress. He's the young ruler of a large kingdom (or was it an empire?...) who was spoiled from the day he was born. He has little concept of the outside world, and even though he shouldn't, makes big decisions that affect his subjects more than they'll ever affect him. The boy is just a total brat, and he's a pain to write for. He needs to be a threat on some level, because he's the antagonist, but writing a normal human boy who has no special powers (beyond being ruler) and isn't psychotic (just spoiled) into something isn't easy (or fun). The kid's just a little douche.
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Found this while profile hopping. Looks interest, and it'll give me an excuse to flesh out a character I've been meaning to work with. Her name is Tai-Lan, by the by.

The New, Improved Character Survey of Doom )


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